Scottsdene library to offer digital training for women

Free internet access is available at the Scottsdene library.

The Scottsdene library is one of several City libraries that will train women in digital literacy through the SmartCape initiative.

SmartCape helps the public access free internet, and this phase of the project stands to benefit 420 women in 14 libraries, according to Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for community services and health.

Dr Badroodien said ten female library patrons at each of the participating libraries would be chosen to take part in six weeks of training that touched on how to use the SmartCape service at public libraries and how to use technology to access economic opportunities.

Other participating libraries are Dunoon, Langa, Hout Bay, Nazeema Isaacs in Khayelitsha, Kuyasa, Melton Rose in Kleinvlei, Adriaanse, Delft South, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Weltevreden and Retreat.

“Our libraries are a critical resource within communities and provide an almost endless source of learning. City libraries are symbolic as sources of knowledge that are in line with this campaign’s purpose: to facilitate greater access to information, specifically for the women of our city. This initiative (comes after) the launch of SA Library Week, which focused on what libraries offer patrons in communities,” Dr Badroodien said.